GEF Consultations with Civil Society on Enhancing Climate Resilience

June 11, 2021

GEF Project ID 5694 aimed to build climate resilience in the Comoros by rehabilitating watersheds and forests and diversifying adaptive livelihoods. Photo credit: Hannah McNeish / UN Environment

The virtual GEF Consultations with Civil Society on Enhancing Climate Resistance took place June 11, adjacent to the 60th Council meeting. This consultation was organized collaboratively among the GEF Secretariat, the GEF CSO Network, the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) and the GEF Indigenous Peoples Advisory Group (IPAG).

The topic for this consultation is Enhancing Climate Resilience: The Role of Civil Society, and Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. The GEF Council members recognize the important the role civil society play in climate resilience and adaptation and selected this topic at its 57th meeting in December 2019. The consultation included roundtable discussions with civil society on experiences from GEF projects including from the GEF Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the GEF Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), the GEF SGP, and other similar projects around world. The main objectives with the roundtables were to showcase the valuable role of civil society organizations and indigenous people and local communities in building resilience and adapting to a changing climate and to distill lessons learned for consideration in future GEF projects and programs.

The consultation brought the voices of civil society, indigenous peoples, and local communities in a dialogue with GEF Council members, GEF agencies, and the GEF Secretariat.

Mosaic of June 2021 CSO event